The Sparkling Season: Holiday Color Makeover | Midwest Living

The Sparkling Season: Holiday Color Makeover

A Missouri couple swaps their traditional red and green holiday palette for one that’s calm, cool and oh-so-sophisticated.
  • Easy elegance

    Lynn Eastin loves mirrored surfaces. In her living room, a fireplace mirror, wall sconces, coffee table and mercury glass vase all reflect pretty light, day or night. Sequined and beaded pillows add sophisticated holiday style to seating.

    Click ahead to read more about how this Missouri homeowner transforms her home for the holidays. Slide 11 includes a buying guide.

  • Simple style

    A few years ago, Lynn kicked one holiday tradition to the snow-covered curb: decking the halls in reds and greens. Visions of sophisticated creams and golds, shimmery silvers and nature-inspired brown tones danced in Lynn’s head. “I just wanted to lighten it up and do it really natural,” she says. 

    The color swap happened at a time when Lynn’s life was topsy-turvy. Her son, Matt, had moved away to college. She and her husband, Phil, had just downsized to a 1928 English Tudor in University City that was half the size of their previous home. The low ceilings in her new living room meant she’d need to put up a shorter Christmas tree than in years past. All told, she felt the need to do something different. “We were in that change-of-life phase,” Lynn says. “I said to my husband, ‘Hey do you mind if we switch it up a little bit?’”

    Pictured: Silver balls provide unexpected floor decor. 

  • Color makeover

    The color change stuck. For the past five years, Lynn has dressed her pine tree from top to bottom with shimmering mercury glass and gold ornaments, burlap ribbons and more than 50 pheasant tail feathers that have special meaning. “My son and my husband are hunters,” Lynn says. “They’ve collected all the feathers for me. I love the texture and the color of them.”

    Nature gets a starring role throughout the house. Paperwhites bloom on a fireplace mantel, pine garlands wind around doorways and banisters, antique avian plates sit on the table and seeded eucalyptus wreaths—a favorite of Lynn’s—hang from ribbons on the insides of the windows.

    Pictured: Candlelight reflects off shiny accents. 

  • Natural hues

    Nature even inspired the home’s paint colors. The living and dining rooms are a sage-gray, the kitchen is a sage-blue, and the master bedroom is a eucalyptus hue.

    In the dining room, a vintage secretary supplies bar storage and a drop-down surface for serving pieces in the dining room. A new crystal chandelier hangs over the dining table. A cocktail table has an antiqued mirror top, and mirrored or crystal sconces sparkle. “I love to use reflective surfaces,” Lynn says. “You’d be amazed how things reflect when the fireplace is going and the candles are lit.” 

  • Shimmer and shine

    Glitter feathers and silver and glass orbs shimmer on a table. 

  • Gold, white and silver

    Felt trees dress up a radiator ledge buffet. 

  • Bird-theme table setting

    Speckled eggs in a gold-painted clay pot and napkin ties of twine bring earthiness to this elegant, bird-theme table setting. 

  • Kitchen chic

    Cosmetic changes, including refacing cabinets and adding a travertine backsplash, update the space. Holiday decorations include greenery and silvery accents.

  • All around the house

    Lynn deviated from her natural color scheme in her tiny home office where black-and-white drapes set the tone.

  • Holiday headboard

    A silver banner whispers the joy of the season on a pretty headboard in the master bedroom. 

  • Old-world touches

    Stonework around an arched door offers an old-world background for Phil and Lynn’s exterior holiday decor.

    Resource guide

    Interior designer Lynn Eastin, Lynn Eastin Interiors. (314) 704-2510;

    Dining room

    Mirror Sunburst. Parrin and Company, 1717 W. 45th St., Kansas City, Missouri. (816) 753-7959

    Living room

    Chairs Bedford. Williams-Sonoma. (877) 812-6235; Wreath (on mirror) Lavender Holiday. White Flower Farm. (800) 420-2852;


    Topiary Rosemary topiary in cream cachepot. White Flower Farm. (see Living room, Wreath).


    Drapery fabric Cowtan and Tout. Rug XN9001 zebra. Shades of Light.

    Front door

    Greenery Juniper Halo wreath and cedar roping. White Flower Farm (see Living room, Wreath).

    Master bedroom

    Headboard Lynn Eastin Interiors (see Interior designer). Lamp Summer House, 14356 Manchester Rd., Ballwin, Missouri. (636) 256-9264

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